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Solanaceae: Deadly Nightshades

You'd be wise to think twice before trying any plant from this family. There is a reason they are called the deadly nightshades. This is the family of mandrake, belladonna, datura, as well as the common potato and tomato. That's why when europeans brought back the tomato, it took people awhile to realize it was a useful edible fruit (Tomatoes are fruits incidentally). There are 2,800 species in 85 genera (Carr).

Systematics: This plant is a dicot. Leaves are simple, alternate. Flowers are usually 5-merous (sometimes 4- or 6-merous). Stamens alternate with the petals. Usually only one compound pistil.

Specimens List

Angel's Trumpet Tree:
Brugmansia arborea


Chilli Peppers


Horsenettle
Solanum carolinense

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